2021 Master Design Awards: Whole House Less Than $300,000

by Kyle Clapham

St. Simons Island Properties

St. Simons Island, Ga. | shropshirebuilt.com

Designer: Chad Goehring/Harrison Design | Location: St. Simons Island, Ga.
Square footage before: 1,442 | Square footage after: 1,626 | Project cost: $276,000

Photos: Parker Alexander/Empire Sky Co.

The owners of a 1950 ranch bungalow with tight spaces wanted more natural light to penetrate their house. They wished to raise its ceilings from 8 feet to 14 feet and maintain that height throughout the main living, kitchen, dining room and foyer areas. The scope included the demolition of all interior walls as well as the ceiling rafters to make way for the new, transitional open floor plan.

The company vaulted the ceiling from the front door all the way to the fireplace in the rear of the home and installed an exposed, reclaimed Douglas fir beam for support. To cut out all the ceiling joists, the roof header beam needed to be braced temporarily while the company constructed the walls and new headers. Ceilings in the bedroom were tented to achieve maximum height as well.

Interior doors: Tucker
Locksets/hardware: Schlage; Baldwin; Pottery Barn
Heat pump system: American Standard
Water heater: Noritz
Fireplace: Majestic
Washer/dryer: Samsung
Paint/stain: Benjamin Moore
Roofing: GAF
Windows: Pella
Sliding doors: Pella
Lighting: Restoration Hardware; Capital Lighting
Cabinetry: Wellborn
Cabinet hardware: Emtek
Countertop: Pompeii
Kitchen sink: Kraus
Kitchen faucet: Kraus
Garbage disposal: InSinkErator
Gas range: KitchenAid
Wood hood: Wellborn
Range hood: Zephyr
Backsplash: Bianco
Refrigerator/freezer: KitchenAid
Dishwasher: KitchenAid
Shower/showerhead: Delta
Bath faucet: Delta

Corinthian Fine Homes

Indianapolis, Ind. | corinthianinc.com

Location: Indianapolis, Ind. | Square footage before: 5,554 | Square footage after: 5,654 | Project cost: $291,048

Photos: Sara C Imagery

This young family wanted a design for their first floor living areas that would improve the function for their daily living needs as well as for entertaining, something they do frequently. They also wanted to take advantage of the family room area that was being underutilized and have a large open space that would accommodate at least 18 people (both sides of their family) sitting down to eat at once.

They began working with another contractor who recommended a substantial addition, something that didn’t sit well with the homeowners. When it came in over-budget, they reached out to work with Corinthian Fine Homes. By reconfiguring the spaces and reorienting the existing rooms, the new team was able to give them a design that remained within the existing footprint of their home, which saved cost.

They removed separating walls (between the living room and dining room, between the kitchen and dining room, between the kitchen and three-seasons room) and removed a double-sided fireplace and its wall between the living room and kitchen. Windows and doors were relocated in order to work better with the new layout of each space. They reconfigured the spaces, so the living room was now a formal dining room. The existing dining room is now a sitting area, and the three-seasons room became a breakfast room adjacent to the kitchen.

They also freshened up the fireplace in their family room as well as adding a bar/serving station between the family room and kitchen. The first floor is now an open concept area and an entertaining dream for this active family.

Countertops: Mont Quartz
Tile backsplash: WOW, Viviano
Lighting: Hinkley Walker
Plumbing: Kohler; Newport Brass
Appliances: Thermador; Sharp
Paint: Sherwin-Williams
Windows: Pella
Siding: James Hardie

Alair Homes Hickory

Lenoir, N.C. | alairhomes.com

Location: Hickory, N.C. | Square footage before: 1,883 | Square footage after: 1,942 | Project cost: $198,061

Photos: Rodrigo Hernandez

Inspired by the coastal aesthetic of Cape Cod beach homes, the clients wanted their lakefront home to reflect this bright and airy style. To accomplish this, the company designed and added on a small addition; opened up and updated the interior; added light-gray James Hardie board shingle siding; and raised the roofline of the home. Cedar posts were added throughout the exterior, as well as new copper lanterns and arched windows for a personal touch.

The original kitchen posed many obstacles such as a small workspace that made cooking difficult, a hard-to-reach microwave that was tucked away under a cabinet, and no dishwasher. Navigating through these challenges, the company successfully managed to design a kitchen that would maximize the space. This lakefront property is small, so important design decisions had to be made to help the space appear larger than it is.

By removing the full-height stairway walls and making them knee walls, it created an open floor plan. The team partnered with an engineer to make sure the home was structurally sound. Raising the roofline and adding cedar details not only added curb appeal, but it also made the home appear large from the exterior.

The clients were left with a home ready to entertain that reflects the Cape Cod style that inspired them. It features new open living/kitchen concept plan with beautiful finishes. The exterior matches the same aesthetic and draws attention. Shaker style custom cabinets, a beautiful quartz countertop, a classic subway backsplash, new appliances, and a custom dry bar left this home ready to entertain.

Since the kitchen area was small, they made sure to include ample storage and counter space. They were also able to include a built-in table that doubled as a kitchen island. The home is also equipped with a built-in desk that is ready for their work-from home needs. The exterior is finished with James Hardie shingles painted gray. The exterior is tied together with custom arched windows, copper lanterns and cedar details.

Tile: Walker Zanger, Café Series Subway Tile
Siding: Hardie Board, Fiber Cement Shakes
Windows: Pella, Custom Arched Windows
Sinks: Kohler, 36” Apron Front Sink
Range: Thermador, 36” Dual Fuel Range
Drawer appliances: Sharp, 24” Microwave Drawer
Dishwasher: Thermador, 24” Dishwasher

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